Blog Tour: ‘Ember’ by Carol Oates Review and Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘Ember’ by Carol Oates Review and Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Ember’ by Carol Oates Review and GiveawayEmber by Carol Oates
Published by Omnific Publishing on July 19th, 2011
Genres: Angels, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 237
Format: eBook
Source: blog tours
When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.

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Another fallen angel story, so what makes Ember different? Well I can honestly say this book is very passionate, very detailed. These fallen angels have the power of persuasion and they use it on poor Candra profusely. I don’t think I can provide a synopsis without revealing spoilers, so you will have to just trust the description below.

Candra can be a feisty little thing who can definitely stand her ground. I admired her depth of goodness when so many of the other characters were either bad or good, or somewhere in between. She’s definitely flawed, and definitely like any other normal young woman, meaning she sure gets lusty a lot. Who wouldn’t be when she has beautiful angels falling in love with her? Yes there’s a love triangle, and unlike other stories this one was rather fun and entertaining. (You’ll have to read it to believe me.) Sebastian seems condescending and superior, and Draken was charming yet untrustworthy. I sure hope there’s more to them in the next book

This is pretty hot and heavy as YA novels go, and I was surprised by it all. It got rather descriptive and I rather enjoyed it. This is definitely intended for a more mature YA audience. I kind of enjoyed the scenes, but I also did tend to role my eyes are cheesy quotes. There’s so many of them, I couldn’t pick or choose!

I was just as frustrated as Candra was when none of my questions were being answered! The history between the Grigorgi is told later on in the book. About 70 pages in, so if you’re impatient like I am, you should keep going until you get there. Trust me it gets better. It’s not your average angel story. It has different details changed here and there and it makes for a good read. Yet, I was still so lost. I wanted more of the history. I wanted more details about the angels and their stories. Character development on the other hand was rather detailed. Can I be picky and say it was soooo detailed? There was a lot of information to read through. There are paragraphs and paragraphs of the same thought process I thought it was a little winded and too long. The pacing was all over the place, and I felt it could have been more polished if it was more organized.

Carol Oates weaves a beautiful angel story with defined characters and a slow but moving plot. Ember will surely be a must-read on your Kindle.


I like it when a girl can take care of herself.
Candra found herself toying with the idea of asking him if he wanted to have a drink, a dance…or to be the father of her children.
You know, some believe that when you save someone’s life you are responsible for that life, that something much greater than both of you binds you together forever.
There is always hope, Candra.
I am utterly fascinated by you.
Be careful what you wish for, my Candra. Wishes are a dangerous affair if spoken without due regard. Once they are out in the world, they can never be taken back.
You have no idea how maddening it is to never know what is going on inside your head.
This is Sebastian I am man-fondling, she realized to her horror.
You are a beautiful flower…the most beautiful flower, and you need the correct care and attention to blossom to your full potential. I want to help you discover what we can achieve together. I have been waiting for you for a thousand lifetimes. You have no concept of how much I need you to want me.
You won’t get anywhere by standing still in a storm or on a cliff, no matter how safe it feels. You need to make your move.
I’m so damned tangled up in you that none of it means anything without you anymore.

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  2. Brent

    November 10, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    sounds interesting

  3. Alina P.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Love both the cover and the trailer! Your review might dissuade me a little, but I think it’s very good 🙂

  4. Karina A.

    October 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I’m an angel-book fan and I would love to add this on my list despite some not so good things about it. I’m also a bit impatient so I’ll remember the page you mentioned. lol
    Thanks for the review!

  5. Kelly

    October 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I would love to read about angels falling in love!!! haven’t read one yet 🙂

  6. SweetMarie83

    October 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I haven’t read that many angel books, but this sounds like something I might enjoy. I like that there are some steamy parts…I kind of miss that since I read so much YA lol.

  7. Jaime Lester

    October 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I have seen Ember talked about a lot, but I haven’t had the chance to read it for myself yet. But it really does sound pretty darn good. And I have to say that I LOVE this books cover. It is awesome. I usually don’t care for the butterfly thing, but they did this one right, I tell you!

  8. Sarah O

    October 12, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    It’s too bad that this book is a decent read because the official description does it no favours. For me it’s words like “relentlessly stalked” and “darkly seductive” combined with the subject of angels. It reminds me several books from the past few years that I haven’t liked all that much. Or, at the very least, it sets up a really weird uneven dynamic between the love interests.

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